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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 6, 2009 2:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 50 Years Ago (non dead) Kind Of Blue

NICE MENTION. 1959 > 1968?

These days, it's hard to imagine that a jazz album could be both avant-garde — and commercially successful.

That's the reality in 2009, with jazz representing only a small fraction of the music industry's overall sales and the genre's most adventurous releases usually attracting the least amount of attention. It was a different story a half century ago. With rock 'n' roll still in its infancy, jazz music was popular music — and jazz music was exciting.

Never was that more true than in 1959 — 12 months of musical creativity often called "jazz's greatest year." That was the year of Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue," John Coltrane's "Giant Steps," Bill Evans' "Portrait in Jazz," Ornette Coleman's "The Shape of Jazz to Come" and "The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall," all landmark recordings.

It was also the year that Bay Area native Dave Brubeck delivered his true masterpiece, "Time Out," a startlingly original work that was equally avant-garde and accessible. The album was a huge hit upon release, has grown even more popular through the years, and now ranks as one of the biggest-selling jazz albums of all time.

ON A SIDE NOTE - going to be on Oahu from next Saturday through Monday the 19th. Any must dos for a mainlander such as mysself? Staying with friends who grew up there, so they should have the inside rope but any recs appreciated.... Will go to Shangri La just to piss on Doris' property.

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Poster: vapors Date: Oct 6, 2009 3:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 50 Years Ago (non dead) Kind Of Blue

nice write up. I have and love all those albums - never thought about them all coming out in the same year! Cool.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Oct 7, 2009 3:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 50 Years Ago (non dead) Kind Of Blue

Aloha bluedevil! I hope you have a great time in Hawaii. I rarely go to Oahu so have no real suggestions except to go to the North Shore and the world class beaches there. I don't care too much for Honolulu, but I'm sure your friends would have a better lay for the land over there. I live on The Big Island so if you make it over here then I would have some suggestions for you. As we say over here "Big Island- Mo' Better". I must warn you though, prices are very high in Hawaii on everything. Everything has to be shipped over here. I think we pay the highest prices in the United States for everything.
We are hosting the annual Iron Man Triathlon this week in Kona, a world class event.

Great comments on Kind Of Blue and all the classic jazz albums released that year. I spent the day not feeling well. I put "Kind Of Blue" on the CD player on continuous repeat and laid down. I played it three or four times. Very healing.

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2009-10-07 10:13:35

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Poster: Gringote Date: Oct 14, 2009 10:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 50 Years Ago (non dead) Kind Of Blue

Ever listened to Davis' "In A Silent Way". Came out in 1969. If you want to kick back, this is his best IMO.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 7, 2009 10:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 50 Years Ago (non dead) Kind Of Blue

I used to live on St Thomas, so I understand paying more for everything since shipped in. We have free lodging and used miles, pricelined the car rental, etc. so we're doing it on the cheap. I understand the big island is better, but depending on time we'll probably just explore Oahu since with locals and use that as home base for next time around. Thanks - and Kind of Blue never fails. My best man gave me the Gil Evans/Miles Davis box set as a gift for my wedding. Great stuff.

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Poster: Hal R Date: Oct 7, 2009 10:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 50 Years Ago (non dead) Kind Of Blue

What a stunning year for jazz. Thanks for the post and reminder. Think I will dig back into some of those classics, it's been a while.

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